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The Details: Tuscan Transformation
categories: fabulous reception sites, favor and gift ideas, floral inspiration, from the consultants, reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

When I hear of anything referring to the beautiful land of Italy, I think of rolling hills, buildings that ooze character and the simplicity of nature. Italy, for all of it’s high fashion and scrumptious food, has retained it’s authenticity which makes it naturally charming so you can imagine how excited I was when Kate & Company, a local Arizona Event Planning Firm, sent me a batch of Tuscan inspired images from a recent wedding they coordinated at The Farm at South Mountain.

Old World brought to you by The Farm…

The couple shares a love of Tuscany, triathalons and Slow Food. What’s that you ask? Part of the fun of this post was finding out about this grassroots movement that should have been founded by my husband’s grandfather, Nonno, who is always only halfway done with his dinner while we are scurrying around the kitchen washing dishes and getting ready for dessert. No joke, this darling man from Italy takes his sweet time at the dinner table and I can see why this style of eating appeals to Italians- they sit around and gab, delight in their food and really experience dinner. Michael and Stephanie were so smart to design the flow of their reception around this concept.

I really love how glamour is blended seamlessly with rustic touches- notice the mismatched bottles used on the tables while a shining disco ball and an elegant chandelier hang above. This atmosphere is sure to suggest that guests stay a while.

 A special thanks goes  to Kate and Company for sharing these beautiful details with us!

Thanks to all who contributed to making this Tuscan Inspired Details post gorgeous:

Ceremony and Reception Location: The Farm at South Mountain

Catering and Decor- Santa Barbara Catering

Wedding Coordination, Favors & Gratitudes – Leslie Honaker of Kate & Company

Photographer – Christine Johnson

Chatting Soon~Kelly

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Saturday Shout Out!
categories: cakes and sweets, destination weddings and honeymoons, favor and gift ideas, for your ceremony, open houses, rehearsal dinner spots

Now that The hub-bub of Black Friday has passed (sort of), we want to share some goodies we came across this week:

-What is “Gourmet Inclusive”? Find out by going to the Azul Fives website! You only have a few days left to book a vacation at the all new Azul Fives resort in Playa del Carmen where they have fabulous deals and discounts available to celebrate their Grand Opening.  

The Farm at South Mountain is an ethereal venue, perfect for rustic and elegant weddings. They are hosting an Open House on Dec 1 for brides who want to know more about the venue. You will get one-on-one time with the Farm’s representatives and  be able to request a quote for catering (have you seen their delicious menu options? Santa Barbara Catering is amazing!). (see a gorgeous wedding at The Farm here)

– Check out this charming wedding shoot featured on Etsy’s Blog, The Storque. It’s  “A Little Bit Country and a Little Bit Rock ‘n Roll”, 100% cuteness featuring Paloma’s Nest founder Caroline- thanks to her we have the Ring Bearer Bowl! (Read more about Paloma’sNest here)

– And finally, a bit of Winter Wedding inspiration for you: winter cakes from Brides Magazine. Bring on the whites, blues, snowflakes, what have you. In Arizona, we adore winter!

I hope you enjoy your long weekend, whether that means immersing yourself in wedding planning, spending time with your family, decorating for the holidays or even shopping to your heart’s content.

Chatting Soon~ Kelly

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From our Pages: Style Central Chair Covers
categories: fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, from the consultants, photography, reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

When you hire people to help you plan and execute your wedding, you expect a certain level of expertise and insider knowledge. Essentially, you are paying people to guide you, help you make difficult decisions, advocate for you and share invaluable advice with you. Often, the people who make up your wedding team greatly influence the aesthetics of your big day so you want to find people who understand you and your personal taste but are willing to push you beyond your comfort zone.

We often turn to Victoria Canada of Victoria Canada Weddings and Events to show us the hottest wedding goodies and today you get a glimpse at how Victoria, one of the industry’s most creative forces, thinks. She treats us to chair covers that go way beyond the basics- you may not know that such beautiful options exist but thanks to this pro, you now have the inside scoop!

This is my favorite chair cover simply because it is like no other. It is fashion luxuriously fitted to a chair!

For those who don’t want bold color but can’t resist dressing their chairs a little on the glamorous side, I offer these:

If these are a bit much for your taste, don’t fret! You certainly don’t have to cover all of your reception chairs with these statement pieces. You can choose to dress your head table with these dramatic covers and the other chairs with complimentary covers. Or you could choose to sprinkle these throughout the reception. Maybe one table gets the fancy chair covers while another table has more statuesque centerpieces. This is where hiring the right team of professionals is critical.

Here are some more lovely chair cover options from the Style Central article in our latest issue:

(All images above courtesy of Sedona Bride/ Linen: Wildflower Linen/Location: Four Seasons Resort at Troon North/Rentals: Classic Party Rentals/Stylist: Victoria Canada)

Don’t forget, your chairs deserve a little love too!

Chatting Soon~Kelly

For more advice on how to hire the right team for your wedding, click here for advice about hiring a photographer from Melissa Jill, here for tips on hiring a coordinator from Victoria Canada and here for tips on hiring a florist from Ms. Martha Stewart herself!

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Gorgeous Fall Tablescape
categories: fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, reception ideas

I am certain that I have been honest with you regarding my lack of creativity and overall design talents but what I haven’t told you is how much I really WANT to be a genius designer. I love the pretties that creative people share with the world and that’s why I am thrilled to show you this Fall inspired tablescape from a dynamic group of wedding industry talent. Take any (or all) of these ideas and apply them to your rehearsal dinner, reception or even Thanksgiving table for a special touch.

The details are exquisite and I love how the red background makes the colors pop. The yellow is perfectly balanced with the neutral tones, the textures are varied which adds interest to the overall setting, the linen is chocolate brown and the crinkled finish makes it really special, the fringing on the menu adds just the right amount of “fancy”, the glassware throughout helps keep the table light and airy while the metal details ground the table and let us know that this is no kids party.

Imagine hosting a dinner party and having your guests come upon this scene? Without a doubt, they would be impressed. Here is what event designer Ashley Richardson of Ashley Gain Wedding and Events tell us:

The inspiration was totally about the season of fall. In Arizona one day it’s hot and then suddenly you wake up and it’s nice outside. We don’t get that gradual shift into seasons like the rest of the country. BUT that doesn’t mean that we can’t use the fall colors and textures as inspiration for a table.

Fall is totally and NATURALLY romantic. There is something about the colors and overall feel of the day that makes you want to grab a glass of wine, be surrounded by people you love, and eat a nice warm meal! Isn’t that what a wedding should be like?!

If romance is your bottom line, then I think bringing in fall elements is one of the best ways you can truly reflect it.

Also, it’s a great theme to use for a more natural bride. Almost every element of fall is from nature. You can literally use all natural elements to make your table beautiful!!!!

The Fall Inspired Tablescape Team:

Photography: Courtney Sargent

Flowers: Your Event Florist

Menus & Place Cards: The Event Essentials

Linens: Wildflower Linens

Table Ware: PRO EM

Venue: Desert Foothills Barn

Styling: Ashley Gain Weddings and Events

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Real Wedding: Darsha and Doug
categories: destination weddings and honeymoons, fabulous reception sites, from the consultants, real weddings

Darsha and Doug shared their special day amongst family and friends and one very sweet little guy- their 2 year old son (see the smiley and handsome toddler below).  They hosted their Fall  nuptials at the beautiful Westin Kierland Resort right here in Scottsdale and thanks to their wedding coordinator Aleasha Shelton of A Day to Cherish Weddings, they thoroughly enjoyed their day with their loved ones.  Most of their guests were from out of town so the relaxing setting at the Westin  Kierland lent itself to a mini-vacation vibe.

Two things stood out to me  about this wedding: Darsha and Doug had FUN and purple was a great color choice- it looks amazing on Darsha. Her Maid of Honor did her makeup and I am impressed. See the perfect eyes below? Wow!

This couple, at the insistence of their wise coordinator, chose to see each other before the ceremony to take some photos and they are so glad that they did. Darsha says this time was really special to her because Doug got to see her in her dress before all the guests did and the extra hour alone allowed them to relax and have more time to spend with their guests at cocktail hour. So smart!

Darsha explains, “At the start of the ceremony, Doug held our son, Devin, as I walked down the aisle with my mom. When my mom and I got to the stage, Doug handed Devin to my mom and my mom handed me to Doug. It was really sweet. Doug’s mother passed away a few years back so we had a picture frame of her on the chair she would have been seated at. That meant a lot to Doug. During the ceremony, we honored his mom, my mom, his step mom, and his grandmother with handing them all a rose. At the closing of the ceremony, another one of Aleasha’s great ideas reigned true (literally). As we had our first kiss we had petals rain down on us which just made the moment even more magical than it already was.”

And this couple has a great sense of humor. Darsha tells us, “Our entrance song kicked off the night with a little good hearted humor. Doug decided that we should walk in to Michael Jackson’s “Black or White”. It was perfect.”

Sweet sweet love…

Congratulations Darsha and Doug! Thank you for allowing us a peek into your wedding day.

Chatting Soon~Kelly

Real Wedding Arizona Vendors:

Ceremony/Reception Site: Westin Kierland Resort

Photographer: Darby Elizabeth Photography

Coordinator: A Day to Cherish Weddings

Florist: Wendell Design Group

Linens: Tri Rentals

Paper Products: The Invitation Lady

Offciant: Mike Kennedy

Bridal Gown/Bridesmaids Dresses: Suzanne’s Bridal Boutique

Tuxedos:  The Men’s Warehouse

Hair Stylist: Janelle Williams

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Saturday Shout Out!
categories: fabulous reception sites, Giveaways and Contests, open houses, upcoming events, Wedding Inspiration

I am not a super bossy person but I do like to tell friends about fun stuff…

November 19th is the deadline for the AZ Spa Girls Spa Giveaway. Entry is simple: send AZ Spa Girls a photo of you or you and your sweetie, have your friends “like”  AZ Spa Girls on Facebook and then have everyone you know vote for your picture on the AZ Spa Girls Facebook page. The photo with the most votes by Nov 19th wins a package worth over $3000!


Definitely Debra is hosting a series of DIY classes- the first class, Design and Paper Selection, starts Nov 13.

Trilogy at Power Ranch  is having an Open House Nov 21, 1-5PM- check it out as a possible ceremony/reception venue!

Be inspired to shake things up a bit with contrasting colors and really beautiful hair pieces:

Don’t shy away from a great pair of shoes…(see more shoes here).

(Image courtesy of Sedona Bride Photographers)

And for the guys…don’t be shy about your superpowers!

(Image courtesy of Kimberly Jarman Photography, cake by Graceful Cake Creations)

Have an awesome weekend! Kelly

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